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News - April 24, 2013

Portola Valley may give farmers' market trial run

Whether to have a trial run of a weekly farmers' market at the Portola Valley Town Center is one of several matters set for consideration by the Town Council at its 7:30 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, April 24, at the Historic Schoolhouse.

The agenda also includes a review of a controversial Planning Commission decision to allow artificial grass at the Woodside Priory, and the awarding of a bid to renovate Ford (Baseball) Field. A later closed session could result in an announced settlement with the property owner of 18 Redberry Ridge over the illegal cutting of 18 mature trees.

Farmers' markets "underscore the demand in cities and towns for local community-oriented events that promote local produce and products, provide a venue for residents to socialize with each other, and create the opportunity to learn about agriculture and sustainability," said Brandi de Garmeaux, the town's coordinator for initiatives on sustainable living, in a staff report.

As for the decision to allow artificial grass at the Priory, the council can affirm the Planning Commission's March 20 decision based on the record so far, or reject the decision and set another public hearing.

On the Ford Field renovation, Public Works Director Howard Young recommends that the council approve the low bid by Jensen Corporation at $484,888.

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